Ram Madi Kleefisch goes on a fast break in action earlier in the season. Kleefisch led the Rams with 19 points. ~ Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography
HUDSONVILLE – The Lady Rams varsity basketball team traveled to Hudsonville to take on the Eagles, Tuesday, Feb. 19. The Rams played with grit, but was unable to claim the “W” falling by just one point, 52-51. The loss moves Rockford’s OK Red record to 8-2 on the year, and their overall record to 13-4. Even with the loss, Rockford is still in a tie for first place.
“There were a lot of emotions going into this one,” said Ram head coach Brad Wilson. “Last week we had two of the biggest program-changing wins we have had since I have been here in beating Grand Haven in double OT and East Kentwood on Friday night. Unfortunately, it came with a cost, after finding out that our floor leader Syd Reinke tore her ACL late in the game Friday night against East Kentwood. Nevertheless, the girls came in ready to go and played about as good as we have all year.”
The Rams came out strong and pushed the Eagles back on their heels, claiming the first quarter 15-9. Hudsonville answered early in the second and piled on the points, claiming the half at 31-24. Rockford’s defense crashed on the Eagles in the third, limiting them to just seven points, while lighting up the scoreboard with 14 of their own to knot it at the end of the third at 38. The fourth quarter was an even match, with the Eagles just managing to eek out a 52-51 victory over the Rams.
Madi Kleefisch paced the Rams, tallying 19 points on the night. Bailey Banfield was also in double digits, registering 10 points. Anna Glynn chipped in eight points, and Alina Anderson had a big night off the boards, recording 12 rebounds.
“We had a season-low 11 turnovers, and shot 90 percent from the free throw line,” shared Wilson. “We also shot 50 percent from the field. But, Hudsonville is also a very good team and they were ready to go. Every time we made a run they answered. From the beginning it felt like it would come down to the wire. We had a couple opportunities late but could not bring it home. Fortunately, we are still tied for the OK Red title going into our final week of the regular season. But it won't be easy, we have Grand Haven Tuesday (Feb. 26) at their place, and finish the season Thursday night at home against Hudsonville (Feb. 28).”
Bailey Banfield helped the Ram cause by tallying 10 points on the night. ~ Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography